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48dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Finch, Smith help Australia pass SL spin test

Australia's win wasn't always pretty, but it was comfortable enough. With Aaron Smith and Steven Smith making half centuries, they chased down 228 with three wickets and more than three overs to spare

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

LD Chandimal
80(118) 3x4 - 0x6
Control %76%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 27 runs
  • 0x4 - 0x6
11 2 19 13 10 5 6 14
BKG Mendis
67(95) 6x4 - 0x6
Control %78%
  • Productive Shot
  • sweep shot
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
4 1 20 3 6 3 10 19

Best performances - Bowlers

JP Faulkner
O10
M1
R38
W4
Eco3.80
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
MA Starc
O10
M1
R32
W3
Eco3.20
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W

Match Details

Toss

Australia , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Series result

Australia led the 5-match series 1-0

Match number

Season

Hours of play (local time)

14:30 start, First Session 14:30-18:00, Interval 18:00-18:45, Second Session 18:45-22:15

Match days

21 August 2016 - day/night match (50-over match)

TV Umpires

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Scorer: Chandan Duorah | Commentator: Alagappan Muthu

10.30 pm That's a wrap, hope you enjoyed having a little bit of cricket come at you when rain has ravaged the game for the last couple of days. The next ODI of the series is on Wednesday, hope to see you then too.

"Nice to be on this side of the result, proud of the way the boys fought back," says Smith, "Perhaps, I thought there'd be a bit more dew, The wicket broke up, wasn't the easiest one-day wicket to bat on. I thought the bowlers did a good job to restrict them to 227, they took the pace off, put them in the right areas and made it difficult. Couple of good partnerships got the job done. The guys had some good plans, sweeping , coming down the pitch, and going deep in the crease. Nice that the guys were able to execute"

"I think the wicket played as it was right throughout, it only got worse. We were 20-30 runs short. It was not the easiest wicket to bat on, Chandimal and Mendis did really well, but we were short. It was spinning quite a bit, Dilruwan and Milinda didn't bowl that well, Sandakan didn't bowl that well and hopefully they come back hard. We don';t need to panic, just do the basics right, improve with bat ball and field," Mathews says, "Chandimal got hit on his ribs, hopefully he is okay" Chandimal went for an X-ray says Russell Arnold for Ten Sports.

10.25 pm James Faulkner is Man of the Match "First time in Sri Lanka, it was a tough wicket to bat on and the top order set us up for the chase. Conditions dictate that, lots of change of pace and protecting one side of the ground. We fielded well, we even took a wicket off the first over. Always nerves at the end, it was a great chase."

10.13 pm The touring Australian fans are happy, they've even got the traditional Faulkner-out-there-at-the-end-for-the-win template. But the bulk of the work was done by the opener Aaron Finch, who wasn't here for the Tests, blazing away at the start, knowing getting runs off the quicks and against the new ball would be vital on a pitch where hitting through the line was rife with danger. Smith had to combat that in the middle order, and he buckled down to play one of his best innings so far. It may only have been 58 runs, but after that abysmal Test series, and plenty of spinners and enough rippers beating the outside edge to revive memories of that, this was an innings Australia needed from their captain. He had confessed to feeling angry at his dismissals to Rangana Herath and here he batted like he was loathe to give up his wicket. It was too close for comfort for him, having been sent back into the dressing room with 30 needed. Australia contrived to lose three wickets and were seven down by the time they got those precious winning runs.

Nikhil Mane: "This is Australia's highest successful run-chase in Sri Lanka in ODIs!" Brave call then from Smith to choose to field at the toss, the pitch was dry, it was always bound to turn. Australia did extremely well in the middle overs to curtail Sri Lanka even with the set half-centurious Chandimal and Mendis at the crease

Agape: "Shouldn't it be possible to work out exactly how many times Faulkner has been at the crease when the winning runs were struck? It seems kind of uncanny..." A few things are better with a little mystery in them. His bigger contribution, of course, was with the four wickets he took. Coming into the tour and assessing conditions quickly, bowling those cutters near-perfectly

46.5
1
Dilshan to Starc, 1 run, Australia win. It's short and a shade outside off, punched through the covers - punches the air as he runs as well - and signs the match off. Winnings runs, and becoming the fastest to 100 ODI wickets in the same game. Starc, you beauty.
46.4
0
Dilshan to Starc, no run, driven to short cover again as a quicker, fuller one comes at him on leg stump
46.3
0
Dilshan to Starc, no run, goes back to a flatter ball and pushes to short cover
46.2
0
Dilshan to Starc, no run, goes for the big old slog sweep, and is beaten by the turn
46.1
2
Dilshan to Starc, 2 runs, outside edge, squirts away to the sweeper cover and scores are level

Australia need three, Sri Lanka need three.

Sudheer: "By the looks of things, Kusal janith perara should take over the gloves from chandimal in all formats. Chandimal should concernatrate on his batting just like sangakkara."

END OF OVER:
46 | 3 Runs 1 Wkt | AUS: 225/7 (3 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.89, RRR: 0.75)

  • MA Starc2 (2b)
  • JP Faulkner5 (7b)
  • MDK Perera10-0-48-3
  • TM Dilshan3-0-22-0
45.6
1
MDK Perera to Starc, 1 run, nicely tossed up on off stump, Starc drives it to long-off again, short cover didn't put in the dive

Australia 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st40AJ FinchDA Warner
2nd39AJ FinchSPD Smith
3rd49MS WadeSPD Smith
4th62GJ BaileySPD Smith
5th12GJ BaileyMC Henriques
6th14GJ BaileyTM Head
7th6JP FaulknerTM Head
8th6JP FaulknerMA Starc